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Thrifty Thursday - Potato Bucket Part 1

Shelf Reliance Mom: Thrifty Thursday - Potato Bucket Part 1

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Thrifty Thursday - Potato Bucket Part 1

Hello Thursday!!!
Well I am so excited to share another THRIVE with a RE-purpose post today!!!
We have been talking about ways that we can re-use the things that we already have on hand because of our Q shipments and our home store! So far we have seen some awesome ideas! A great way to re-use the boxes to make organizing bins, an awesome window herb garden, and some wonderful #10 can baskets! You may be thinking to yourself, what is left? We have already found an awesome way to re-use everything!!! WRONG!!! What about our friend the 5 gallon bucket?
There are plenty of awesome ways to re-use a 5 gallon bucket, (mixing paint, storage, compost bin, toy storage,etc), but this one is my favorite!!! Today we are gonna use our 5 gallon bucket to plant some potatoes!!! I know!!

**First let me add a disclaimer, I was planning on using a THRIVE bucket, however, my 4 legged children decided that it would be of much better use as a chew we get this camo bucket instead. However, this would work just as wonderfully with a THRIVE Life bucket! Doesn't she look sooooo sorry?!

So First, you need to gather your supplies:
Potato Seeds (I used certified starter seeds, simply
       because I wanted to make sure that they were
       organic and disease free. Once you get your
       first crop, you can just use starter from the ones
       you pick! Cool Right?) 
Sun :)

First you need to Drill several holes in the bottom of the bucket to allow for drainage.
Add a layer of gravel to the bottom about 2-3 inches thick. This helps keep your soil in and also aids in drainage.
Add a layer of soil, about 6 inches thick. Cut your potato seeds so that you have an eye on each piece. I used 4 per bucket to allow for enough room. Place them in the soil equally spaced with the eyes towards the top.
Add another layer of soil to the top of the seeds, only about 2 inches. Your bucket should be just under half full. As the potato plants grow, you will add more soil to the top until you reach just 2 inches from the top.
I will keep you updated on the progress of our little plants as they grow!!
Happy Planting! 

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At April 25, 2013 at 2:56 PM , Blogger Tiffany Daumueller said...

I am so excited to try these gardening ones once it warms up here. I love potatoes so it would be awesome to have organic potatoes anytime I needed them. We bought some organic and non organic ones at one point and you could taste the difference. This is awesome!


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